Buffalo Police are investigating a hit-and-run accident involving a car registered to Buffalo Bills running back Marshawn Lynch. Police will not say whether or not the player was in the car at the time, but that vehicle is now in police custody.
The hit-and-run happened at the intersection of Delaware Avenue and Chippewa around 3:30am Saturday morning, right around the time the downtown bars close. A woman was struck and witnesses tell 7 News they saw her on her side, laying on the double yellow line.
Mounted atop that intersection is a recently installed surveillance camera. Investigators are now reviewing those tapes to see if it recorded the hit-and-run. The car involved is registered to Lynch, a fan favorite and a first round draft pick. Police will not comment on whether or not they have talked to Lynch or if he was in the car at the time. But they do say there has been a conversation between investigators and Bills team officials. Police also will not release the name of the victim but we do know that she was treated and released from Buffalo General Hospital.
The car is now in police custody and sources tell 7 News it was recovered in Hamburg. Scott Berchtold, Buffalo Bills Vice President of Communications, released this statement to 7 News: "Marshawn's attorney is out of town and he will address it when he returns, so the team will decline to offer a comment."
Some of the people who frequent Buffalo's entertainment district were not surprised to hear about a hit-and-run, saying the intersection is often crowded in the early hours. Corey, a bar-goer, said, "When the lights turn, people just walk in the intersection without looking. Cause I've driven here around 3-4:00am and people just walk right in front of your car."
Our calls to Lynch's agent Mike Sullivan were not returned. Police say no charges have been filed at this time.